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Update:9/23/2017 3:24:55 AM
FEMA Continues Hurricane Maria Response and Relief Operations

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) top priority is to provide life-saving resources to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, while aggressively working to restore power and operability of ports to bring additional commodities and personnel into disaster-affected areas. Several airports have successfully been opened on the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to bring in commodities, personnel, and life-saving and life-safety resources.

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Historic Disaster Response to Hurricane Harvey in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas – With nearly 4.5 feet of rain and 130 mph winds, Hurricane Harvey propelled a disaster response that was the largest in Texas state history.

Neighbors, strangers, nonprofit organizations and governments at all levels joined together to mount an extraordinary effort to save lives and meet the needs of thousands of people who suffered from the storm and subsequent flooding. It was Texans helping Texans, aided by people who came to Texas from all parts of the nation.

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How to Help After Hurricane Maria

WASHINGTON – As the nation performs immediate life-saving and life-sustaining activities for those survivors in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) collaborates with its private sector partners to promote efficient and effective management of donations and volunteers.

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How to Appeal a FEMA Disaster Assistance Decision

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — All applicants for FEMA recovery assistance have the right to appeal if they are dissatisfied with FEMA’s determination letter.

The first step is to read the FEMA determination letter carefully to understand why FEMA decided that your application was “ineligible.” If you think there has been a mistake or if you have any additional questions, you may file an appeal.

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Immediate Needs Resources for Hurricane Irma Survivors in Florida

Comprehensive list of services, and resources: Florida Division of Consumer Services.

Emergency Information

Food Resources

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West Virginia: Keep in Touch and Update Info with FEMA, Avoid Delays

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — You may find yourself moving more than once if you’re a survivor of West Virginia’s severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides of July 28-29, 2017.

If you’ve had any changes to your contact information it’s important to let FEMA know so that your application for disaster assistance stays on track.

FEMA may need to contact you to schedule an inspection or to get additional information to help process your application. That’s why it’s important to let them know as soon as possible if you’ve moved or have a new phone number.

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National Flood Insurance Provides Broad Protection for All Policyholders

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — Homeowners, renters and business owners throughout West Virginia who purchase flood insurance from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) are protected as soon as an initial 30-day waiting period ends.

NFIP provides affordable flood insurance to homeowners, condo owners, business owners and renters. It can provide more money than a FEMA Individual Assistance grant, which tops out at $33,300.

Unlike FEMA grants, flood insurance pays off whether or not there is a Presidential disaster declaration.

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Questions about Your Determination Letter

FEMA applicants who have been notified they were ineligible for assistance can have FEMA revisit their cases.

Applicants must read their letters carefully. It should explain any problems that could be corrected. You may need to provide additional information or documents. If a mistake has been made, they should let FEMA know right away by calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) or visiting a Disaster Recovery Center.

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Three West Virginia State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers to Close on Sundays

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — Three State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers serving West Virginians in Harrison, Marion, Marshall and Wetzel counties will be closed Sundays beginning Sept. 17. They are open during weekdays and on Saturdays to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides of July 28-29, 2017.

Locations and schedules as follows:

  • Marion County (also serving Harrison County)

Oakhurst Church of Christ

3500 Husky Hwy.

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Florida Keys: Plan Ahead Before Returning Home to Be Safe

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. As the reentry process for the Lower Keys begins, FEMA stresses the importance of following guidance from your local officials. Currently only residents, business owners, disaster workers, and supply vehicles with appropriate identification, or re-entry stickers, will be permitted to enter.

For those returning to homes or businesses on the Keys, Monroe County offers important public safety information on their website www.keysrecovery.org/.

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Two West Virginia State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers to Close

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — Two State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers serving West Virginians in Harrison, Marion, Marshall and Wetzel counties will close operations next week. The Marion County DRC will close Tuesday, Sept. 19; the center in Marshall County, Wed. Sept 20.

With the community continuing to repair and rebuild, its need for these disaster recovery centers has diminished, leading to the facilities’ closure.

Locations and dates:

Closes Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 6 p.m.

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Two State-FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers Now Open in Georgia

BRUNSWICK, Ga. – Two Georgia Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) are open to assist Hurricane Irma survivors in Georgia coastal areas. The centers are open daily and staffed by representatives of the State of Georgia, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Hours of operation at both centers are:

Mon-Fri:   8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday:  8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday:     1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Chatham County

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FEMA Rebuilding Advice Available at Ace Hardware in Fairmont

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — West Virginians repairing or rebuilding homes damaged by recent storms and floods can get free information on making their homes stronger and safer in Fairmont Sept. 18-25.

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One Month Left to Register for FEMA Assistance

CHARLESTON, W.Va.—West Virginia disaster survivors affected by the July 28-29 flooding event have one month left to register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The deadline to register is Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017.

Survivors can register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster assistance by using any of the following methods:

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Federal Assistance Tops $4 million for West Virginia Flood Recovery

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In one month since West Virginia received a federal major disaster declaration following the severe storms of July 28-29, 2017, about $4.2 million in federal assistance has been approved for recovery. Assistance continues to flow.

Individuals and Households Program (IHP)

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Federal Disaster Aid Continues to Rebuild Louisiana Communities

BATON ROUGE, La. — FEMA estimates more than $761 million in federal grants will help Louisiana communities with infrastructure projects and other expenses related to August 2016’s flood.

The funding is in addition to nearly $773 million in FEMA grants that have helped survivors repair homes, replace essential items and temporarily pay for somewhere to stay.

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Group Flood Insurance Policies and West Virginia Disaster Recovery

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — You may receive Group Flood Insurance coverage if you claimed disaster assistance for a home or personal belongings not covered by flood insurance after the July 28-29, 2017 severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides.

Group Flood Insurance is available if you:

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Fact Sheet: Resources to Help You Recover from Hurricane Harvey
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Fact Sheet: Don’t Wait. Clean Up Debris as Soon as Possible

If your home was flooded after Hurricane Harvey, you should clean up debris as soon as possible. Do not wait for a flood insurance adjuster or FEMA home inspector to come to your home.

More than 87,000 flood insurance claims have been filed with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). More than 3,000 insurance adjusters are conducting inspections of those homes. This process takes time. The NFIP advises policyholders to proceed with debris removal once it is safe to re-enter the structure.

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Disaster Recovery Centers to Open in Polk, Brazoria and Harris Counties

AUSTIN, Texas – Three State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will open Friday, Sept. 22, 2017: one in Polk County in the city of Livingston, one in Brazoria County in the city of Oyster Creek and another in Harris County in the city of Houston.

Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods.

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FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Lee County for Florida Survivors

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open Friday, Sept. 22 in Lee County to help Florida storm survivors.  The DRC will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

The DRC is at the following address:

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Financial, Legal, and Volunteer Resources for Hurricane Irma Survivors in Florida

FEMA

Get the FEMA Mobile App and begin registration. Online: Disaster Assistance.gov Registration .

FEMA helpline: 800-621-3362. TTY, 800-462-7585. 711/ Video Relay Service (VRS), 800-621-3362.

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Returning Home Resources for Hurricane Irma Survivors in Florida

FEMA

Get the FEMA Mobile App and begin registration. Online: Disaster Assistance.gov Registration .

FEMA helpline: 800-621-3362. TTY, 800-462-7585. 711/ Video Relay Service (VRS), 800-621-3362.

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Recovery Resources for Hurricane Irma Survivors in Florida

Comprehensive list of services, and resources: Florida Division of Consumer Services

Register with FEMA

Get the FEMA Mobile App and begin registration. Online: Disaster Assistance.gov Registration .

FEMA helpline: 800-621-3362. TTY, 800-462-7585. 711/ Video Relay Service (VRS), 800-621-3362.

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Hurricane Maria Response and Relief Operations Underway

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) top priority is to provide life-saving resources to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, while aggressively working to gain greater access to disaster affected areas.

Federal coordinating officers and other FEMA personnel are on the ground, coordinating with the governors of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, and their respective emergency management agencies.

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